Weekly Treasure: 1991 Honda CRX Glasstop

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Rare factory features galore.

Today's Honda Civic Type R and Civic Si can trace their lineage back to the one and only CR-X. In some countries, including its home market of Japan, it was referred to as CRX. With or without the dash mark, Honda and most hot hatch enthusiasts know exactly what this little three-door is all about.?

Launched for the 1984 model year, the front-wheel-drive, second-generation CRX was based on the third-generation Civic and, here in the US, two trims were available: Economy and Sport. The former came powered by a 1.3-liter inline-four with just 60 horsepower. The Sport was upgraded with a 1.5-liter four that produced a healthier 91 hp. Both were paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. In mid-1985, the Si arrived with not only more power (108 hp) but also several exterior modifications like 13-inch alloy wheels, a ducktail spoiler, and a power sunroof.

JDM Sport Classics
JDM Sport Classics
JDM Sport Classics

But the real treat hit the market in the fall of 1989 when Honda swapped in its B16A VTEC 1.6-liter engine with 148 hp. Unfortunately, that swap wasn't for the North American market. Back then, Europe and Japan received most of the hot hatch attention. Japan was also the only recipient of the glass roof option, consisting of a single glass panel stretching from the windshield to the rear hatch opening. This isn't a sunroof but rather a fixed unit and it has since become highly sought after by collectors outside of Japan. And now you can own one such rare find for just $13,995.

Up for sale at JDM Sport Classics, located in Three Rivers, Michigan, is this JDM 1991 Honda Civic CRX Glasstop with 94,420 verified miles on its clock.

JDM Sport Classics
JDM Sport Classics
JDM Sport Classics
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A mileage figure that high isn't unusual for a nearly 31-year-old car. What is unusual, however, is that this example happens to be nearly bone stock. Finished in Flint Black Metallic, it not only has the cool glass roof but another feature never offered in our neck of the woods: a rear seat. The interior still has the original factory cloth seat upholstery. Interestingly, the rear seats are covered in leather, also an OEM thing.

Power comes from the D15B 1.5-liter four which, according to the listing, still "fires to life with the twist of a key." The five-speed manual still shifts as smooth as butter. No significant damage is reported and there are no seat rips or tears, or even any dash cracks. Its previous owner(s) clearly took very good care of it.

JDM Sport Classics
JDM Sport Classics
JDM Sport Classics
JDM Sport Classics
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